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2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Milos Skrbic

2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Profile: Milos Skrbic

Brought to you by the WSOP-C Playground, hosted by Playground Poker Club and partypoker LIVE. Last year's long-awaited return to Canada of the WSOP Circuit smashed attendance records. The $1,100 Main Event with a huge $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and the $330 Colossus with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool of its own are two of the seven events on tap for this year's edition, which is expected to attract even larger fields than last year's record-breaking series.


Final Table Profile Milos Skrbic

Seat:8
Chip Count:23,400,000
Big Blinds:23
Age:30
Hometown:Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia

Milos Skrbic' Main Event Story

Milos Skrbic recently broke out in the poker tournament scene, but he's far from a newcomer to the game. After playing high-stakes cash for five years, the 30-year-old poker pro from Serbia who now resides in San Diego got interested in trying his hand on the tournament variant, bursting onto the scene in 2018 racking up $1,450,295 in cashes, according to the HendonMob.

Skrbic is in good company of illustrious players who studied for another career before switching their major to poker. Before he took up the game ten years ago, Skrbic studied to be a veterinarian back in his home country of Serbia. After a year, he shifted gears and decided to study computer science in the U.S. but eventually went all in with poker.

His journey in the Main Event so far has been a smooth one as he has padded his stack, staying near the top of the counts in the days leading up to the final table. A quick look through the live reporting blog paints a story of Skrbic winning pot after pot, many with no showdown — a quiet and calculated assassin climbing the ranks.

"I've definitely had some good hands. I made some great value bets on rivers, and I also made some good calls, so I'm playing pretty good. Everything is going very smooth."

"I'm very relaxed. I think that's my big advantage."

Skrbic has been in some big-equity tournament spots that have prepared him well for the moment he's found himself in, approaching the final table of poker's crown jewel. Last year, he finished 958th in the WSOP Main Event. Then, he took sixth place in the $10k Bellagio Cup and followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the €10k WSOP Europe Rozvadov Main Event won by Jack Sinclair.

"Well I was supposed to win that tournament, I ran pretty bad. I had like 45 percent of the chips five-handed and ran pretty bad... In the spot where I was, I expect to win a lot of times."

While he got good experience in the Main Events, he feels he got even more out of the experience of finishing runner-up to Dylan Linde in the $10,000 WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic in late 2018 that earned him seven figures.

"That was my second big one, so I just got used to all these things, so I don't feel any pressure or anything [in this one]. I'm very relaxed. I think that's my big advantage. And I also feel like home in Vegas, and I have a lot of friends here, and I'm just completely natural, so that's helping me a lot."

How Milos Skrbic Got to the Final Table

DayEnd-of-Day Chip CountRank
1a72,200493/962
2ab368,90085/1,087
3624,000274/1,286
42,466,00054/354
510,715,0007/106
631,450,0004/35
723,400,0007/9

Milos Skrbic' Key Hands

On Day 7, Skrbic has been putting the pressure on his opponents, chipping up throughout the day with few showdowns. All day it seems he's been winning pots preflop with three-bets and four-bets, or taking it down with bets or raises on the flop and turn. He's also won some critical pots making river calls with the best hand.

The one that got him rolling though, he says, was a hand he played with start-of-day chip leader Nick Marchington. Skrbic opened from the hijack with blinds at 150k/300k with a 300k big blind ante and called when Marchington put in the three-bet from the small blind.

On the {q-Spades}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop, Marchington led for 1.8 million, and Skrbic raised to 4.55 million. He got a call, and the {10-Clubs} hit the turn. After a check from Marchington, Skrbic moved in for around 25 million which prompted a fold, putting Skrbic up over 39 million.

"I picked up some more outs on the turn and went all in when I showed the eight of hearts, so that was like huge - that was like a breaking point for today."

He also mentioned a significant hand on Day 4 where he overbet shoved two-times pot on the river for value and got called by worse, holding king-jack versus king-ten.

"That was kind of the moment when my tournament went in a good direction."

What to Watch For

While others may be feeling the pressure of the enormous money jumps and the lights and cameras, Skrbic is perfectly comfortable, a fact he'll be looking to continue using to his advantage with the most important poker days of his life ahead of him. With many friends here in town, Skrbic will have plenty of support on his rail, but he doesn't want them to go out of their way until he's down to the final three.

"Only first place counts. I’ll be very disappointed with everything else. If someone offers me like second place money right now, I wouldn’t take it.”

"I told everyone to come only for three-handed, so we have celebration."

Asked if he feels he can get some redemption for his close calls by winning this one, Skrbic was emphatic: "Five Diamond was my 30th birthday, so I was sad that I didn't win, but it wasn't the end of the world. Winning this one is like my only goal that I have; it's the tournament that every poker player wants to win above everything."

For Skrbic, now that he's made it to the final table, winning is everything.

"Only first place counts. I’ll be very disappointed with everything else. If someone offers me like second place money right now, I wouldn’t take it."

Milos Skrbic

2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Seating

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Hossein EnsanGermany177,000,000177
2Nick MarchingtonUnited Kingdom20,100,00020
3Dario SammartinoItaly33,400,00033
4Kevin MaahsUnited States43,000,00043
5Timothy SuUnited States20,200,00020
6Zhen CaiUnited States60,600,00061
7Garry GatesUnited States99,300,00099
8Milos SkrbicSerbia23,400,00023
9Alex LivingstonCanada37,800,00038

There is 1:31:35 remaining in Level 37 (500,000/1,000,000, with a 1,000,000-big blind ante).

2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Payout

PositionPrize
1$10,000,000
2$6,000,000
3$4,000,000
4$3,000,000
5$2,200,000
6$1,850,000
7$1,525,000
8$1,250,000
9$1,000,000

2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Player Stats

PlayerFirst CashWSOP CashesCareer EarningsBiggst CashGPI Ranking
Zhen Cai200821$213,995$46,90012,632
Hossein Ensan20133$2,673,206$860,0917,331
Garry Gates201015$243,129$64,53025,386
Alex Livingston200917$732,874$451,3983,866
Kevin Maahs20161$61,213$20,6257,005
Nick Marchington20191$12,415$12,41530,643
Dario Sammartino200838$8,044,479$1,608,29578
Milos Skrbic20116$1,670,572$1,087,603457
Timothy Su20181$2,467$1,08059,081

Stats courtesy of WSOP.com and HendonMob.com.

2019 World Series of Poker Main Event infographic depicting the chip counts of the final nine

The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event returns to action Sunday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. local time. A Main Event Day 7 recap can be found here. You can follow the action via the PokerNews Live Reporting Blog where we'll detail all the hands in our exclusive WSOP Main Event Live Updates.

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